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EDUC5465 Science Curriculum I

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Content
This unit focuses on the teaching and learning of science in secondary school. It includes theory necessary to understand the teaching of science such as constructivism, students' conceptions, conceptual change, scientific literacy and the nature of science. The essential, practical aspects of teaching science including science curriculum, planning, teaching strategies, laboratory safety and assessment are covered. The unit explores issues facing science educators today such as the use of analogies and models, motivation, resources, excursions and using information and communication technology (ICT) in the classroom.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an awareness of the developmental needs and interests of adolescent learners in science; (2) explain student's learning of science in terms of theory including constructivism and conceptual change; (3) demonstrate a repertoire of teaching and learning strategies relevant to the secondary science curriculum; (4) plan and evaluate student centred instructional sequences (lesson plans and programs) for effective and engaging learning; (5) display the skills required to evaluate and develop instructional resources for science, including ICT and other educational technologies; and (6) understand effective assessment practice in science through the planning of assessment tasks.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral communication; (2) a series of lesson plans; and (3) a learning program. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the oral communication, a series of lesson plans, and a learning program components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Vaille Dawson
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching; Master of Science Communication and Education
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Advisable prior study:
at least four units of science such as biology, human biology, chemistry or physics, with at least two units at Level 2
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Contact hours
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information available in the unit outline.
Text

Venville, G. and Dawson, V., eds The Art of Teaching Science, 2nd edn: Allen and Unwin 2012

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